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High risk pregnancies What it this

High risk pregnancies What it this

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Your pregnancy is said to be at high risk if you have one or more factors that could put you and/or your baby at risk of health problems. In simple terms, pregnancies with greater chance of complications are called ‘high-risk’ pregnancies.

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Following factors may increase the risk of problems during pregnancy:

  • Age: If your first pregnancy is at the age of 35 years or above.
  • Problems in previous pregnancy, for example, a low birth-weight baby , premature delivery , miscarriage.

Certain pre-existing health conditions also puts pregnancy at risk such as:

If your pregnancy is considered as high risk –Do not worry, stay positive and visit your doctor more often.

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Obesity
  • Kidney or thyroid disease.
  • Lifestyle Choices like drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.
  • Various Complications That Develop During Pregnancy such as gestational diabetes  or pre-eclampsia.
  • Multiparity: Pregnancy with twins, triplets or more increases the risk of baby being born prematurely (before 37 weeks of pregnancy). Having a baby after the age of 30 years and taking fertility drugs have also been associated with multiple births.

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